|Jonas Gahr Støre: In defense of dialogue - TED.com|
In politics, it seems counterintuitive to engage in dialogue with violent groups, with radicals and terrorists, and with the states that support them. But Jonas Gahr Støre, the foreign minister of Norway, makes a compelling case for open discussion, even when values diverge, in an attempt to build greater security for all.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDxRC2; TED; Talks; culture; politics; 2011
|Peter Eigen: How to expose the corrupt - TED.com|
Some of the world's most baffling social problems, says Peter Eigen, can be traced to systematic, pervasive government corruption, hand-in-glove with global companies. At TEDxBerlin, Eigen describes the thrilling counter-attack led by his organization Transparency International.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDxBerlin; TED; Talks; corruption; global issues; money; politics; 2009
|David Puttnam: What happens when the media's priority is profit? - TED.com|
In this thoughtful talk, David Puttnam asks a big question about the media: Does it have a moral imperative to create informed citizens, or is it free to pursue profit by any means, just like any other business? His solution for balancing profit and responsibility is bold … and you might not agree. (Filmed at TEDxHousesofParliament.)
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; journalism; media; politics; TEDxHousesofParliament 2013; 2013
|Ivan Krastev: Can democracy exist without trust? - TED.com|
Five great revolutions have shaped political culture over the past 50 years, says theorist Ivan Krastev. He shows how each step forward -- from the cultural revolution of the ‘60s to recent revelations in the field of neuroscience -- has also helped erode trust in the tools of democracy. As he says, "What went right is also what went wrong." Can democracy survive?
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; culture; global issues; politics; TEDGlobal 2012; 2012
|Eva Zeisel on the playful search for beauty - TED.com|
The ceramics designer Eva Zeisel looks back on a 75-year career. What keeps her work as fresh today (her latest line debuted in 2008) as in 1926? Her sense of play and beauty, and her drive for adventure. Listen for stories from a rich, colorful life.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2001; TED; Talks; arts; design; exploration; politics; 2001
|Elizabeth Lesser: Take "the Other" to lunch - TED.com|
There's an angry divisive tension in the air that threatens to make modern politics impossible. Elizabeth Lesser explores the two sides of human nature within us (call them "the mystic" and "the warrior”) that can be harnessed to elevate the way we treat each other. She shares a simple way to begin real dialogue -- by going to lunch with someone who doesn't agree with you, and asking them three questions to find out what's really in their hearts.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDWomen; TED; Talks; communication; global issues; politics; 2010
|9/11 healing: The mothers who found forgiveness, friendship - TED.com|
Phyllis Rodriguez and Aicha el-Wafi have a powerful friendship born of unthinkable loss. Rodriguez' son was killed in the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001; el-Wafi's son Zacarias Moussaoui was convicted of a role in those attacks and is serving a life sentence. In hoping to find peace, these two moms have come to understand and respect one another.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDWomen; TED; Talks; culture; global issues; politics; 2010
|Alice Dreger: Is anatomy destiny? - TED.com|
Alice Dreger works with people at the edge of anatomy, such as conjoined twins and intersexed people. In her observation, it's often a fuzzy line between male and female, among other anatomical distinctions. Which brings up a huge question: Why do we let our anatomy determine our fate?
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDxNorthwesternU; TED; Talks; culture; gender; politics; 2011
|Srdja Popovic: How to topple a dictator - TED.com|
2011 was a year of extraordinary people-powered resistance, starting with Arab Spring and spreading across the world. How did this resistance work so well? Srdja Popovic (who led the nonviolent movement that took down Milosevic in Serbia in 2000) lays out the plans, skills and tools each movement needs -- from nonviolent tactics to a sense of humor.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; activism; culture; global issues; politics; TEDxKrakow; 2011
|George Papandreou: Imagine a European democracy without borders - TED.com|
Greece has been the poster child for European economic crisis, but former Prime Minister George Papandreou wonders if it's just a preview of what's to come. “Our democracies," he says, "are trapped by systems that are too big to fail, or more accurately, too big to control” -- while "politicians like me have lost the trust of their peoples." How to solve it? Have citizens re-engage more directly in a new democratic bargain.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; economics; global issues; politics; TEDGlobal 2013; 2013
|Benjamin Barber: Why mayors should rule the world - TED.com|
It often seems like federal-level politicians care more about creating gridlock than solving the world's problems. So who's actually getting bold things done? City mayors. So, political theorist Benjamin Barber suggests: Let's give them more control over global policy. Barber shows how these "urban homeboys" are solving pressing problems on their own turf -- and maybe in the world.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; cities; global issues; politics; TEDGlobal 2013; 2013
|Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly: Be passionate. Be courageous. Be your best. - TED.com|
On January 8th, 2011, Congresswoman Gabby Giffords was shot in the head while meeting constituents in her home town of Tucson, Arizona. Her husband, the astronaut Mark Kelly, immediately flew to be by her side. In this emotional conversation with the Paley Center's Pat Mitchell, the pair describe their lives both before and after the accident -- and describe their political campaign against gun violence.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; politics; violence; TED2014; 2014
|Srdja Popovic: How to topple a dictator - TED.com|
2011 was a year of extraordinary people-powered resistance, starting with Arab Spring and spreading across the world. How did this resistance work so well? Srdja Popovic (who led the nonviolent movement that took down Milosevic in Serbia in 2000) lays out the plans, skills and tools each movement needs -- from nonviolent tactics to a sense of hum
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; activism; culture; global issues; politics; TEDxKrakow; 2012
|Hyeonseo Lee: My escape from North Korea - TED.com|
As a child growing up in North Korea, Hyeonseo Lee thought her country was “the best on the planet.” It wasn't until the famine of the 90s that she began to wonder. She escaped the country at 14, to begin a life in hiding, as a refugee in China. Hers is a harrowing, personal tale of survival and hope -- and a powerful reminder of those who face constant danger, even when the border is far behind.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; culture; global issues; politics; TED2013; 2013
|Halla Tomasdottir: A feminine response to Iceland's financial crash - TED.com|
Halla Tomasdottir managed to take her company Audur Capital through the eye of the financial storm in Iceland by applying 5 traditionally "feminine" values to financial services. At TEDWomen, she talks about these values and the importance of balance.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDWomen; TED; Talks; business; politics; women; 2010
|Lawrence Lessig: The unstoppable walk to political reform - TED.com|
Seven years ago, Internet activist Aaron Swartz convinced Lawrence Lessig to take up the fight for political reform. A year after Swartz's tragic death, Lessig continues his campaign to free US politics from the stranglehold of corruption. In this fiery, deeply personal talk, he calls for all citizens to engage, and a offers a heartfelt reminder to never give up hope.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; corruption; government; politics; TED2014; 2014
|Maz Jobrani: Did you hear the one about the Iranian-American? - TED.com|
A founding member of the Axis of Evil Comedy Tour, standup comic Maz Jobrani riffs on the challenges and conflicts of being Iranian-American -- "like, part of me thinks I should have a nuclear program; the other part thinks I can't be trusted ..."
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; comedy; entertainment; politics; TEDGlobal 2010; 2010
|Jamil Abu-Wardeh: The Axis of Evil Middle East Comedy Tour - TED.com|
Jamil Abu-Wardeh jump-started the comedy scene in the Arab world by founding the Axis of Evil Middle East Comedy Tour, which brings standup comedians to laughing audiences all over the region. He's found that, by respecting the "three B's" (blue material, beliefs and "bolitics"), the Axis of Evil comics find plenty of cross-border laughs.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; comedy; entertainment; politics; TEDGlobal 2010; 2010
|Maajid Nawaz: A global culture to fight extremism - TED.com|
Why do transnational extremist organizations succeed where democratic movements have a harder time taking hold? Maajid Nawaz, a former Islamist extremist, asks for new grassroots stories and global social activism to spread democracy in the face of nationalism and xenophobia. A powerful talk from TEDGlobal 2011.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDGlobal 2011; TED; Talks; culture; global issues; politics; 2011
|Mikko Hypponen: Three types of online attack - TED.com|
Cybercrime expert Mikko Hypponen talks us through three types of online attack on our privacy and data -- and only two are considered crimes. "Do we blindly trust any future government? Because any right we give away, we give away for good."
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDxBrussels; TED; Talks; Internet; crime; data; politics; technology; 2011
|Wael Ghonim: Inside the Egyptian revolution - TED.com|
Wael Ghonim is the Google executive who helped jumpstart Egypt's democratic revolution ... with a Facebook page memorializing a victim of the regime's violence. Speaking at TEDxCairo, he tells the inside story of the past two months, when everyday Egyptians showed that "the power of the people is stronger than the people in power."
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2011; TED; Talks; politics; social change; 2011
|Rebecca MacKinnon: Let's take back the Internet! - TED.com|
In this powerful talk from TEDGlobal, Rebecca MacKinnon describes the expanding struggle for freedom and control in cyberspace, and asks: How do we design the next phase of the Internet with accountability and freedom at its core, rather than control? She believes the internet is headed for a "Magna Carta" moment when citizens around the world demand that their governments protect free speech and their right to connection.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDGlobal 2011; TED; Talks; culture; politics; social media; 2011
|Suzanne Talhouk: Don't kill your language - TED.com|
More and more, English is a global language; speaking it is perceived as a sign of being modern. But -- what do we lose when we leave behind our mother tongues? Suzanne Talhouk makes an impassioned case to love your own language, and to cherish what it can express that no other language can. In Arabic with subtitles. (Filmed at TEDxBeirut.)
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; culture; education; language; poetry; politics; TEDxBeirut; 2012
|David Cameron: The next age of government - TED.com|
The leader of Britain's Conservative Party says we're entering a new era -- where governments themselves have less power (and less money) and people empowered by technology have more. Tapping into new ideas on behavioral economics, he explores how these trends could be turned into smarter policy.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; business; global issues; politics; TED2010; 2010
|Alessandra Orofino: It’s our city. Let’s fix it - TED.com|
Too often, people feel checked out of politics — even at the level of their own city. But urban activist Alessandra Orofino thinks that can change, using a mix of tech and old-fashioned human connection. Sharing examples from her hometown of Rio, she says: "It is up to us to decide whether we want schools or parking lots, recycling projects or construction sites, cars or buses, loneliness or solidarity."
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; cities; community; politics; technology; TEDGlobal 2014; 2014
|Tasso Azevedo: Hopeful lessons from the battle to save rainforests - TED.com|
"Save the rainforest” is an environmental slogan as old as time — but Tasso Azevedo catches us up on how the fight is actually going these days. Spurred by the jaw-dropping losses of the 1990s, new laws (and transparent data) are helping slow the rate of deforestation in Brazil. Is it enough? Not yet. He has five ideas about what we should do next. And he asks if the lessons learned in Brazil be applied to an even bigger problem: global climate change.
Keywords: Tedtalks; TED; Talks; climate change; politics; science; TEDGlobal 2014; 2014
|Eric Liu: Why ordinary people need to understand power - TED.com|
Far too many Americans are illiterate in power — what it is, how it operates and why some people have it. As a result, those few who do understand power wield disproportionate influence over everyone else. “We need to make civics sexy again,” says civics educator Eric Liu. “As sexy as it was during the American Revolution or the Civil Rights Movement.”
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; democracy; policy; politics; TEDCity2.0; 2013
|William Ury: The walk from "no" to "yes" - TED.com|
William Ury, author of "Getting to Yes," offers an elegant, simple (but not easy) way to create agreement in even the most difficult situations -- from family conflict to, perhaps, the Middle East.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDxMidwest; TED; Talks; culture; global issues; politics; war; 2010
|A sense of humor about Afghanistan? Artist Aman Mojadidi shows how - TED.com|
Afghan-American artist Aman Mojadidi calls himself “Afghan by blood, redneck by the grace of god.” Playing off his two identities, the TED Fellow's bold, funny, thought-provoking artwork explores jihad, gangsterism, consumers and corruption in modern Afghanistan.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; art; arts; culture; politics; TEDGlobal 2012; 2012
|Onora O'Neill: What we don't understand about trust - TED.com|
Trust is on the decline, and we need to rebuild it. That’s a commonly heard suggestion for making a better world … but, says philosopher Onora O’Neill, we don’t really understand what we're suggesting. She flips the question, showing us that our three most common ideas about trust are actually misdirected. (Filmed at TEDxHousesofParliament.)
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; global issues; government; philosophy; politics; TEDxHousesofParliament; 2013
|Jeremy Heimans: What new power looks like - TED.com|
We can see the power of distributed, crowd-sourced business models every day — witness Uber, Kickstarter, Airbnb. But veteran online activist Jeremy Heimans asks: When does that kind of "new power" start to work in politics? His surprising answer: Sooner than you think. It’s a bold argument about the future of politics and power; watch and see if you agree.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; activism; politics; technology; TEDSalon Berlin 2014; 2014
|Joseph Kim: The family I lost in North Korea. And the family I gained. - TED.com|
A refugee now living in the US, Joseph Kim tells the story of his life in North Korea during the famine years. He's begun to create a new life -- but he still searches for the family he lost.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; global issues; politics; TEDGlobal 2013; 2013
|Mark Forsyth: What’s a snollygoster? A short lesson in political speak - TED.com|
Most politicians choose their words carefully, to shape the reality they hope to create. But does it work? Etymologist Mark Forsyth shares a few entertaining word-origin stories from British and American history (for instance, did you ever wonder how George Washington became "president"?) and draws a surprising conclusion. (From TEDxHousesofParliament in London)
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; culture; language; politics; TEDxHousesofParliament; 2012
|Beth Noveck: Demand a more open-source government - TED.com|
What can governments learn from the open-data revolution? In this stirring talk, Beth Noveck, the former deputy CTO at the White House, shares a vision of practical openness -- connecting bureaucracies to citizens, sharing data, creating a truly participatory democracy. Imagine the "writable society" ...
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; data; global issues; government; politics; TEDGlobal 2012; 2012
|Steven Johnson on the Web as a city - TED.com|
Outside.in's Steven Johnson says the Web is like a city: built by many people, completely controlled by no one, intricately interconnected and yet functioning as many independent parts. While disaster strikes in one place, elsewhere, life goes on.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2003; TED; Talks; cities; communication; community; design; global issues; politics; web; 2003
|Rory Stewart: Why democracy matters - TED.com|
The public is losing faith in democracy, says British MP Rory Stewart. Iraq and Afghanistan’s new democracies are deeply corrupt; meanwhile, 84 percent of people in Britain say politics is broken. In this important talk, Stewart sounds a call to action to rebuild democracy, starting with recognizing why democracy is important -- not as a tool, but as an ideal.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; corruption; global issues; government; politics; society; state-building; TEDxHousesofParliament; 2012
|Bobby Ghosh: Why global jihad is losing - TED.com|
Throughout the history of Islam, says journalist Bobby Ghosh, there have been two sides to jihad: one, internal, a personal struggle to be better, the other external. A small minority (most recently Osama bin Laden) has appropriated the second, using it as an excuse for deadly global violence against "the West." Ghosh suggests that, now that bin Laden's worldwide organization has fragmented, it's time to reclaim the word...
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; culture; faith; global issues; politics; religion; war; TEDxGeorgetown; 2012
|Ory Okolloh on becoming an activist - TED.com|
Ory Okolloh tells the story of her life and her family -- and how she came to do her heroic work reporting on the doings of Kenya's parliament.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDGlobal 2007; TED; Talks; Africa; activism; global issues; media; politics; technology; 2007
|Clay Shirky: How social media can make history - TED.com|
While news from Iran streams to the world, Clay Shirky shows how Facebook, Twitter and TXTs help citizens in repressive regimes to report on real news, bypassing censors (however briefly). The end of top-down control of news is changing the nature of politics.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED@State; TED; Talks; communication; culture; global issues; politics; social change; social media; technology; 2009
|Kristina Gjerde: Making law on the high seas - TED.com|
Kristina Gjerde studies the law of the high seas -- the 64 percent of our ocean that isn't protected by any national law at all. Gorgeous photos show the hidden worlds that Gjerde and other lawyers are working to protect from trawling and trash-dumping, through smart policymaking and a healthy dose of PR.
Keywords: TEDTalks; Mission Blue Voyage; TED; Talks; global issues; law; mission blue; oceans; politics; science; 2010
|Andrew Mwenda takes a new look at Africa - TED.com|
In this provocative talk, journalist Andrew Mwenda asks us to reframe the "African question" -- to look beyond the media's stories of poverty, civil war and helplessness and see the opportunities for creating wealth and happiness throughout the continent.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDGlobal 2007; TED; Talks; Africa; business; development; global issues; investment; philanthropy; politics; technology; 2007
|Doris Kearns Goodwin on learning from past presidents - TED.com|
Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin talks about what we can learn from American presidents, including Abraham Lincoln and Lyndon Johnson. Then she shares a moving memory of her own father, and of their shared love of baseball.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2008; TED; Talks; entertainment; history; politics; sports; storytelling; 2008
|Paul Collier's new rules for rebuilding a broken nation - TED.com|
Long conflict can wreck a country, leaving behind poverty and chaos. But what's the right way to help war-torn countries rebuild? At TED@State, Paul Collier explains the problems with current post-conflict aid plans, and suggests 3 ideas for a better approach.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED@State; TED; Talks; global issues; money; politics; poverty; state-building; 2009
|Noah Feldman says politics and religion are technologies - TED.com|
Noah Feldman makes a searing case that both politics and religion -- whatever their differences -- are similar technologies, designed to efficiently connect and manage any group of people.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2003; TED; Talks; culture; global issues; politics; religion; social change; society; war; 2003
|Chris Abani muses on humanity - TED.com|
Chris Abani tells stories of people: People standing up to soldiers. People being compassionate. People being human and reclaiming their humanity. It's "ubuntu," he says: the only way for me to be human is for you to reflect my humanity back at me.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2008; TED; Talks; Africa; culture; entertainment; humanity; humor; literature; poetry; politics; writing; 2008
|Michelle Obama's plea for education - TED.com|
Speaking at a London girls' school, Michelle Obama makes a passionate, personal case for each student to take education seriously. It is this new, brilliant generation, she says, that will close the gap between the world as it is and the world as it should be.
Keywords: TEDTalks; Elizabeth G. Anderson School; TED; Talks; culture; education; global issues; leadership; politics; 2009
|Evgeny Morozov: How the Net aids dictatorships - TED.com|
TED Fellow and journalist Evgeny Morozov punctures what he calls "iPod liberalism" -- the assumption that tech innovation always promotes freedom, democracy -- with chilling examples of ways the Internet helps oppressive regimes stifle dissent.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDGlobal 2009; TED; Talks; Internet; government; politics; technology; web; 2009
|Michael Sandel: The lost art of democratic debate - TED.com|
Democracy thrives on civil debate, Michael Sandel says -- but we're shamefully out of practice. He leads a fun refresher, with TEDsters sparring over a recent Supreme Court case (PGA Tour, Inc. v. Martin) whose outcome reveals the critical ingredient in justice.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; government; law; philosophy; politics; sports; TED2010; 2010
|Lawrence Lessig: We the People, and the Republic we must reclaim - TED.com|
There is a corruption at the heart of American politics, caused by the dependence of Congressional candidates on funding from the tiniest percentage of citizens. That's the argument at the core of this blistering talk by legal scholar Lawrence Lessig. With rapid-fire visuals, he shows how the funding process weakens the Republic in the most fundamental way, and issues a rallying bipartisan cry that will resonate with many in the U.S...
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; corruption; global issues; government; law; politics; TED2013; 2013
|Yasheng Huang: Does democracy stifle economic growth? - TED.com|
Economist Yasheng Huang compares China to India, and asks how China's authoritarian rule contributed to its astonishing economic growth -- leading to a big question: Is democracy actually holding India back? Huang's answer may surprise you.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDGlobal 2011; TED; Talks; culture; economics; global issues; politics; 2011